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MLB Odds for the 2020 AL and NL Cy Young Awards

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The start of the 2020 MLB season has been pushed back due to coronavirus but we still expect to fire up the barbecue, crack open a cold one and watch America’s pastime by the summer.

With plenty of time to get your futures bets in order before the baseball season begins, let’s take a look at the betting odds for the 2020 AL and NL Cy Young awards.


Player Odds to win AL Cy Young Award
Gerrit Cole +150
Justin Verlander +600
Corey Kluber +1,000
Blake Snell +1,000
Tyler Glasnow +1,000
Shane Bieber +1,000
Lucas Giolito +1,200
Mike Clevinger +1,400
Chris Sale +1,400
Zach Greinke +2,000


Gerrit Cole +150

Cole would have been a deserving choice last year but lost in a close vote to his former Astros teammate Justin Verlander. Cole went 20-5 while leading the league in both ERA (2.50) and strikeouts (326).

After two years in Houston, Cole joined the Yankees in the offseason on a nine-year $324 million contract. One factor that may affect Cole’s chances in 2020 is that he could have a bit of a learning curve pitching in a new ballpark, especially a hitter-friendly spot like Yankee Stadium.


Lucas Giolito +1,200

The White Sox right-hander has seen his odds rise from the +2,000 he was listed at in February. Giolito is a former elite prospect who broke through last season with Chicago. After a disappointing 2018 season where he posted a 6.13 ERA and walked 90 batters, Giolito stepped up his game in 2019, going 14-9 with a 1.06 WHIP and fanning 228 batters while walking 57.

Giolito emerged as an All-Star despite being hampered with a lat strain and a hamstring injury. If he’s 100 percent healthy, he could be even better in 2020.


Tyler Glasnow +1,800

Glasnow missed a large stretch of last season with a forearm injury, but when healthy the 26-year-old was one of the best in the business. The 6-foot-8 righthander had a 1.78 ERA with 76 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 60 2/3 innings in 2019. He was on pace for a whopping 7.6 WAR before injuries derailed his year.

Glasnow has incredible stuff, throwing with outstanding velocity and tremendous spin. With his command getting better he could be a sneaky bet for the Cy Young.


Players Odds to win NL Cy Young award
Jacob deGrom +250
Max Scherzer +400
Jack Flaherty +500
Walker Buehler +600
Yu Darvish +1,600
Stephen Strasburg +1,600
Clayton Kershaw +2,000
Luis Castillo +2,000
Aaron Nola +2,000
Noah Syndergaard +2,000


Jacob deGrom +250

After winning back-to-back Cy Young awards deGrom is the favorite to win again in 2020. DeGrom had another dominant season for the Mets in 2019 despite a modest 11-8 record. He posted a 2.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP while striking out 255 batters in 204 innings of work.

That said, deGrom needed a fantastic end to the year after a mediocre start where he went just 4-7 with a 3.27 ERA before the All-Star break. With lots of pitching competition in the National League it will be very difficult for deGrom to claim his third Cy Young in a row.


Yu Darvish +1,600

Darvish was listed at +3,000 just one month ago but his odds have increased massively since then. The 33-year-old Cubs hurler finished last year on a high-note with a 2.76 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP in 13 starts after the All-Star break.

However, Darvish hasn’t been a Cy Young contender since his second year in the majors which was all the way back in 2013.


Jack Flaherty +500

There was only one NL pitcher more impressive in the second half of the season than deGrom and that was Flaherty. The Cardinals right-hander went 7-2 with an incredible 0.77 ERA and a BAA of .131 in August and September.

Flaherty is 24 years old and is just starting to tap into his vast potential. If he continues this year where he left off last year, this award could be his to lose.


Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. When Justin Verlander looked to have the AL Cy Young locked up last September, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number.

  • Justin Verlander -300

That means that a bettor in September had to wager $300 to win $100 by betting on Verlander. Since this year’s race hasn’t even begun yet, every candidate currently has a (+) sign in front of their number.

  • Gerrit Cole +150

With Cole’s current odds, a bettor stands to profit $150 for every $100 wagered on him.

If American odds aren’t your thing, simply use a tool like our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.


Futures betting is different than betting on an individual game because you need to consider the long haul as opposed to a single event. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when betting futures odds.

Change your strategy at different points in the season

While some futures bets must be placed before the season begins and are then removed off the board (such as team win totals), other wagers will change odds as the season goes on.

If you are wagerig money on a futures bet with changing odds keep in mind that there is less variance at the beginning of the season (when more players and teams are still in contention) and more variance as the season goes on (when teams and players at the top separate themselves from those at the bottom).

In the preseason and beginning of the season, betting on dark horses can prove very profitable. But as the season continues, expect to see odds tighten around the favorites. At that point it becomes wise to focus on the players near the top of the odds board and betting big underdogs is practically like giving your money away.

Look for value with underdogs

While the bigger names tend to be strong favorites, there are also live long shots that can provide tremendous value. Look at younger players on the verge of breaking out, or guys that have already been playing at a high level but could take the next step now that they are in an ideal situation with a new team, coach or system.

Other players that can give a great payout are established stars coming off under-performing years due to injuries or other factors. If you’re lucky you might be able to catch them in a bounce-back year.

Follow the narrative

When placing futures bets on individual awards, keep in mind that voters, not a scoreboard are often the deciding factor. Voters can be influenced by a variety of factors, including media coverage and public opinion. Consider what the media narrative is for a particular season and which players they seem to be rooting for and against.

For example in Lebron James’ first season in Miami he was viewed as a villain or heel by the media and Derrick Rose who ended up winning MVP was the perfect foil for that. When Ron Dayne won the Heisman trophy back in 1999 it was viewed by many as a well-deserved reward for his entire career at Wisconsin.

Research historical trends

Historical trends, especially recent ones, can give you a good idea of which way voters tend to lean.

The NBA MVP for example, almost always goes to a player on the best or second-best regular season team in the league. While the Heisman trophy is almost exclusively given to a quarterback or running back – and over the last couple of decades has been overwhelmingly handed out to QBs.

Identifying those trends is a good way to seperate the true contenders from the pretenders.

Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)